October 26, 2014

Wanted: Dead or in Love by @KymBrunner #Review @NightOwlReviews

Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father's Roaring 20's dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father's gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker's spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head.

Later that evening, Monroe shows the slugs to Jack, a boy she meets at a party. He unknowingly becomes infected by Clyde, who soon commits a crime using Jack's body. The teens learn that they have less than twenty-four hours to ditch the criminals or they'll share their bodies with the deadly outlaws indefinitely.

About the Author

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Kym Brunner dreams entire books in her head, but then needs about a year to write the whole thing down. She wishes there was an app for this. When she's not writing, she's teaching 7th grade or watching movies, reality TV, or scoping out the social media scene. Friend her at Kym Brunner, Author or find her on Goodreads.

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My Review 4 Stars

This book was a great, fast read! I couldn't put it down. The jumped at the chance to read a teen paranormal version of Bonnie and Clyde.  I am not a fanatic haha, but I loved the movie that was out a few months ago.  So when I saw this book I just had to read it.  This was a ride to say the least.  Very small story but full of twists and turns.  I think the author did an amazing job!  The only issues I had with it was that the voices needed to be a little more their own.  In some of the chapters the Bonnie/Monroe and Jack/Clyde tend to over lap. It would have been nice to have them a little more their own.  Other than that I would have loved if it would have been longer (HEHE)  Well this one has some great characters from history and some new faces.  I really didnt like Jack and was kinda hoping that Clyde got to stay haha. 

If you love teen books with historical characters with a paranormal twist then this is the book for you. 

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Extensive historical research, moments of literary brilliance, and a quirky paranormal lilt are not enough to recommend this coming-of-age adventure. When the story begins, Monroe is already on probation. Since her mother's death, Monroe's life seems to be a series of bad decisions. Enter Bonnie Parker, literally. The spirit of the infamous gangster's moll inhabits Monroe after she "borrows" the bullets that killed Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie is searching to be reunited with her true love, the notorious bank robber, Clyde Barrow. Clyde takes up residence in the body of the not-so-chivalrous Jack, a stranger to whom Monroe shows the bullets at a party. Although they each experience their ghostly cohabitations differently, Monroe and Jack are united in their common goal: to lay the souls of Bonnie and Clyde to rest. That is, until Clyde, now in full romance novel character tradition, reveals himself to be a bad boy with a sensitive heart. Then, Monroe must decide whether to give in to her growing feelings and help the charming gangster or save the unlikable, ordinary Jack. A surprise twist at the end adds to the underlying feeling that charming, sexy men who murder deserve a second chance. The 1930s Texas drawl of Bonnie and Clyde is jarring. The unnecessary inclusion of a single racial slur doesn't increase the historical accuracy and feels off-putting. Although there are moments that readers will connect with emotionally, the ultimate journey is flawed.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT

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The Caffeinated Booknerd said...

Sounds good! Adding to my TBR :)

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